A Week in Dinners – January 2018

I was telling someone about my Week in Dinners series during the week and got quite the surprise when I checked the page and realised that it’s a full year since I shared a Week in Dinners post.

If this is your first time reading a week in Dinners post I should explain, they’re not meal plans, they’re not really aspirational food, they can be repetitive. What they are is five meals that we ate during the week. Real meals. Not what we planned to eat, but what we actually consumed. With full disclosure on whether everyone actually did eat that side dish of vegetables.

Week in Dinners keeps it real, showing freezer food and takeaways as well as homemade hearty meals. It aims to show that we all have good days and bad days, it might inspire you, make you feel better about yourself, or just remind you of an old favourite you haven’t cooked for a while.

So, without further ado, here’s the first (and hopefully not the last) Week in Dinners post for 2018.


On Mondays we eat at home, it’s usually a quick dinner and it has become pasta night, with two or three family favourites on rotation. This week it was Pasta Amatriciana, a handy recipe made with store cupboard ingredients, that’s quick and easy.


On Tuesday I worked from home so I put the ingredients for Slow Cooker Peanut Chicken into the slow cooker at lunchtime. It worked out pretty well, I adapted a couple of different recipes I saw online, so it basically was peanut butter, coconut milk, peppers, onions, garlic, soy sauce and chicken breasts cooked slowly. I served with noodles as a bribe to get the kids to try it and it was eaten but not loved and I had the Aldi pouch of brown rice and quinoa with mine. We’d a side of broccoli, eaten by 2 adults and 1 child.


On Wednesday (my day off) the kids had friends over so I fed them frozen pizza and oven chips from Aldi. I even let them have Miwadi. They were all delighted! I’d had a late lunch so I picked at those and then had chicken breast with curry mayonnaise on brian bread with lettuce around 9pm.


When I cook I cook at least double so my freezer always has a stock of dinners. On Thursday we had bolognese from the freezer served with wholewheat spaghetti (we don’t eat this all the time but every now and then) and a sprinkle of Parmesan. It really is one of the most popular dinners in our house.


I’d bought sausages to make Sausage, Butterbean and Leek casserole but they’d been forgotten about so they became Friday’s dinner. Sometimes basic comfort food is the best way to end a week. I served a freezer steam pack of green veg and I cooked the mushrooms that were nearing end of life too, but both of these were relegated to adults’ plates in favour of the baked beans.

There you have it, our Week in Dinners.

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  1. Love love love your lead in, that it’s the real deal, not the aspirations! Great post:)

  2. Love the idea of the peanut chicken must give it a go!

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